Seattle (38-60) at Oakland (54-44)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 27, 2004
  • TV: FSNW, FSBA
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Mark Redman looks to end a personal five-game slump when the Oakland Athletics continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Network Associates Coliseum.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander has lost five straight starts, posting a 7.62 ERA in that span, for the second-longest losing streak of his career and the worst by an Oakland pitcher this season. He lost eight straight during an injury-riddled season from May 15, 2001-May 15, 2002.

Redman may be hard-pressed to end his skid against Seattle as he is 0-5 with a 4.56 ERA in eight career starts. He came very close to earning his first career victory against them on Thursday, but surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer to Bret Boone in the eighth inning in Seattle’s 4-2 win.

“I made the pitch I wanted to make,” said Redman, who has allowed 12 home runs in five games after just eight in his previous 14 starts. “I had to throw it up enough for a strike and he just sat on the pitch he wanted to hit. Unfortunately, he beat me on it. Give me the same situation 10 more times and I’ll throw the same pitch.”

The 30-year-old hurler finished with just two earned runs and seven hits over eight innings in his second complete-game loss of the season.

“Redman did a nice job,” manger Ken Macha said. ”(He) pitched good enough to win.”

Oakland gave struggling starter Barry Zito a boost by rallying from five runs down to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-5 on Monday, for their third straight victory.

Eric Byrnes had a three-run double and four RBIs, Erubiel Durazo homered for the second straight day and Mark Kotsay drove in two runs for the As.

The Mariners opened a 14-game road trip with their 13th straight road defeat.

Seattle issued 14 walks in the loss for the second most in franchise history. The Mariners walked 15 batters on July 17, 1991, at Milwaukee. Pitching coach Bryan Price was ejected in the fourth by plate umpire Charlie Reliford for arguing balls and strikes.

Ichiro Suzuki had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. The right fielder owns the second-longest active hitting streak in the majors behind Atlanta’s J.D. Drew’s 22-game run.

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